|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject provides a broad introduction to the processes and skills associated with the construction of buildings and introduces some of the techniques used in managing the construction process. The characteristics and nature of the construction industry are presented as well as an overview of the historical evolution of the built environment. The various roles and responsibilities in the construction industry are reviewed in the context of the building development process. Other critical aspects of the building development process are also presented, including the materials and equipment used in contemporary building projects, regulations, contracts, procurement methods, occupational health and safety, quality and project management. Emphasis is placed on the importance of organisation, problem solving, teamwork and communication in the construction industry, reinforced by the collaborative approach to subject activities and assessment. Emerging industry trends are explored, including environmental sustainability, technological innovation and the use of information technology. Construction site visits and industry professionals provide a real-world demonstration of the theories and principles covered.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Understand the role of the construction industry in the economy and the key characteristics of the industry;
- Appreciate the historical and cultural developments underlying the history of the built environment;
- Appreciate the role of building professionals and be aware of their responsibilities during the building development process;
- Understand the general principles and underpinnings of building contracts;
- Broadly recognise building materials, equipment and methods;
- Understand the basic theories of management and project management;
- Appreciate the importance and challenges of quality and occupational health and safety in the construction industry;
- Develop an awareness of current building industry trends.
Upon successful completion of this subject students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:
- analytical skills;
- communication skills;
- problem solving skills;
- team working skills.
Eligibility and requirements
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Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- In-class quizzes held in Week 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 to demonstrate an understanding of the construction industry, equivalent to 400 words, (10%);
- Site and Team Member Details Summary (as a group) due in week 3, listing group members and summarising details of selected bulding projects to be observed, (completion of this assessment task is a Hurdle requirement);
- Draft Site Observation Report (as a group) due in week 5, describing the observation of building projects in order to demonstrate an understanding of the people, roles, materials, equipment, processes and issues involved in the construction of buildings, (completion of this assessment task is a Hurdle requirement);
- Final Site Observation Report (as a group) of 2000 words due in week 12, describing the observation of building projects in order to demonstrate an understanding of the people, roles, materials, equipment, processes and issues involved in the construction of buildings, (50%);
- A two-hour examination to demonstrate an understanding of the activities and roles associated with the construction of buildings, (40%).
- A minimum mark of 40% has to be achieved in the examination in order to pass this subject.
- A minimum 75% attendance at all class sessions, including tutorials and lectures, is required in order to pass this subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Robert Crawford Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 2 X 1 hour lectures and 1X 1 hour tutorial per week Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Bachelor of Environments Informal specialisation Environments Discipline subjects Major Construction major Informal specialisation Bachelor of Design Elective Subjects Informal specialisation Non-allowed Breadth Subjects within the Bachelor of Design - relating to specific majors Breadth track Introduction to Construction Breadth track Construction
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.